FTC/DOJ Hearings on Health Care and Competition Law and Policy

Schedule for May 27, 2003 and May 29-30, 2003 Sessions

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The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice today released a detailed schedule for the sessions of their joint hearings on health care and competition law and policy to be held May 27, 2003 and May 29-30, 2003. These hearings will be held at the FTC Conference Center at 601 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., Washington DC. Morning sessions are held from 9:15 a.m. until approximately 12:30 p.m. Afternoon sessions are held from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

These specific hearings focus on quality and consumer information. The schedule is as follows:

 

Date
Morning
Session Topic
Afternoon
Session Topic
Tuesday
May 27
No Session Quality and Consumer Information: Overview
Thursday
May 29
Quality and Consumer Information: Hospitals Quality and Consumer Information: Hospitals
Friday
May 30
Quality and Consumer Information: Physicians Quality and Consumer Information: Physicians

 

The agencies anticipate they will release shortly a detailed schedule for the sessions to be held June 10-12, 2003.

As noted in the Federal Register notice announcing this event, any interested person may submit written comments responsive to any of the topics to be addressed. Comments directed at a particular subject considered during a particular session of hearings must be submitted no later than 45 days after the date of that specific hearing session. Comments on broader subjects within the general scope of the hearings may be submitted at any time after the publication of this notice, but no later than November 28, 2003.

Written comments should be submitted in both hard copy and electronic form. Six hard copies of each submission should be addressed to Donald S. Clark, Office of the Secretary, Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20580. Submissions should be captioned: "Comments Regarding Hearings on Health Care and Competition Law and Policy." Electronic submissions may be sent by electronic mail to healthcare@ftc.gov. Alternatively, electronic submissions may be filed on a 3-1/2 inch computer disk with a label stating the name of the submitter and the name and version of the word processing program used to create the document.

Information about the health care hearings is available on the Web sites for the hearings, http://www.ftc.gov/ogc/healthcarehearings/ or http://www.usdoj.gov/atr/hchearing.htm and from the FTC's Consumer Response Center, Room 130, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20580.

Contact Information

FTC Media Contact:
Cathy MacFarlane
Office of Public Affairs
202-326-3657
FTC Staff Contact:
David Hyman, Special Counsel
Office of the General Counsel
202-326-2622
DOJ Media Contact:
Gina Talamona
Office of Public Affairs
202-514-2007
DOJ Staff Contact:
William Berlin
Litigation I Section
202-616-5938